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May 30th, 2005

sweet @ 12:03 pm

from yahoo.com

PHILADELPHIA - Two decades after the original Live Aid, when rock stars raised money for Ethiopian famine relief, singer-activist Bob Geldof is planning another star-studded, humanitarian event.

Live 8 is set for Saturday, July 2, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a city spokeswoman said. The event will coincide with a second show in London, publicist Laura Perez told The Philadelphia Inquirer in Sunday's editions.

Details, including the lineup and other possible venues, remain secret. They are expected to be unveiled Tuesday morning at joint press conferences in Philadelphia and London, according to Perez.

The name "Live 8" is a nod to the G-8 summit, a meeting of the world's leading powers, set to start days later in Scotland. Geldof has pressed for the world's wealthiest countries to do more to fight famine and poverty in Africa.

Live Aid, held July 13, 1985, brought Mick Jagger, Madonna, Tina Turner and other stars to town while others performed at Wembley Stadium in London. The effort raised tens of millions of dollars for Ethiopia.

"What started 20 years ago is coming to a political point in a few weeks," Geldof told the BBC last week. "There's more than a chance that the boys and girls with guitars will finally get to turn the world on its axis."

The singer Sting has confirmed that he will take part in the event. "Bob called me up and said I was doing it," Sting said. "He doesn't ask you, he tells you."
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Date:May 30th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Woooo Mister Sting!!
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Date:May 30th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited for this and all, but I'm worried they might not bring it all together in time. Considering the fiasco that was the Field Day Festival two years ago (the whole thing was almost completely called off), not to mention other huge festival concerts in the U.S. like Woodstock '99, five weeks looks like it might be cutting it really close.

Well, here's hoping all goes well and as planned. *crosses fingers*

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